About Us

Carolina Partnership for Reform was formed to advocate for a freedom-based agenda in North Carolina. It will focus its efforts on presenting to the people of North Carolina a policy vision based on principles of individual liberty, economic prosperity, and restraints on the size and scope of government. CPR will seek to educate the public about the benefits of policies adhering to such principles, and to promote free enterprise. It will educate the citizenry about innovative initiatives that engage private organizations and institutions to expand educational and economic opportunities for the public.


CPR is organized to promote the social welfare and common good of the people of North Carolina by:

  •  Sponsoring public policy research, education activities, and advocacy in favor of limited government, low taxation and a free-market economy;
  • Encouraging the general public to become involved in efforts to limit government, lower taxation, reform public education and expand economic opportunity in North Carolina.


Since 2011 North Carolina has seen its lawmakers enact historic reforms such as Regulatory, Tax, Spending, Education, Tort, Medical Malpractice, and Employment Security Reform to promote job creation, investment and private-sector growth in our state. Unfortunately the public has not been educated on the benefits of these historic reforms.


CPR will use its time and resources communicating with North Carolina citizens about reforms that will improve their lives. It will focus on building public support for a myriad of pro-growth policies. For example:

  • CPR will produce mailings and broadcast communications that explain the benefits of the tax reform adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013, historic reform that lowers tax rates for individuals and businesses more than any tax relief in state history.
  • Produce communications explaining the benefits of reforms to the State’s tort laws, which have dramatically reduced litigation and expanded opportunities for rural areas to attract physicians.
  • Seek to explain the benefits of educational reform recently enacted by the General Assembly, such as removing the state-wide cap on the number of charter schools, performance pay and reading incentives.


Anti-Reform groups are working to misrepresent the goals of the pro-freedom agenda. At this time, a freedom-oriented rebuttal to these groups and their propaganda via the news media does not exist. CPR will combat the efforts of anti-reform groups who propose more government intervention in matters of taxes, education, private-sector regulations, and individual liberty. Our intent is to give the public more substantive and accurate information about recently-proposed and enacted freedom-based reforms in North Carolina.


Robert Harris is a 37 year veteran researcher. He has worked for Senators, including, Jesse Helms & Lauch Faircloth, as well as Representatives, including, George Holding, Robert Pittenger and Renee Ellmers. Harris has also worked for policy organizations such as the Republican Governors Association and North Carolina Republican Party’s Senate Caucus. Harris’ unique personal story of remaining productive with the help of family and colleagues while living with the challenges of muscular dystrophy has been profiled on 60 Minutes. He is currently the Research Director for Carolina Partnership for Reform and contributes to the organization’s blog. Contact Bob at bob[at]cprnc.org.